twitter RSS Feed linkedin acp contact

Open data most important for new-age farming

Andre Laperrière, executive director of Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN), said that open data, artificial intelligence, precision farming and other technological tools are optimising the way of farming, reducing the impact on the environment

Opendata 7JanThe next decade is the most important for the global agricultural industry. (Image source: FelixMittermeier/Pixabay)

“The next decade is perhaps the most important for the global agricultural industry, factoring in some of the urgent challenges we need to deal with – climate change, depleting land and water resources and growing population. While at the same time, we can find hope in some of the key technological and scientific advancements that promise to help us address these challenges,” Laperrière added.

“Access to critical information is unfairly skewed – be it amongst the large scale industries over small farmers, multinational corporations than local industries, wealthier countries in the west than the developing nations, or simply be gender – women, particularly in developing economies are the farthest behind when it comes to accessing information or technology. Breaking this digital divide and unleashing democratic access to information and data in the agriculture and farming industry will help us finally propel this industry to the 21st century, and truly equip it to help fight global hunger and feed an increasing population.”

“The UK and particularly the European Union are leaders in this space, recognising the urgent policy support required to support the industry to weather these challenges. British farming standards for animal welfare and food safety are one of the highest in the world, helping set the narrative for sustainable food production.”

“In the early part of this year, the European Commission (EC) is expected to unveil its Farm-2-Fork (F2F) strategy, with the President of the EC Ursula von der Leyen supporting a comprehensive EU wide food policy from production to consumption. The initiative to make agriculture sustainable is part of von der Leyen’s flagship environmental policy and is expected to reshape the global narrative on agriculture and farming.”


LATEST NEWS IN Agriculture

African food imports bill predicted to double by 2030

African food imports bill predicted to d…

Experts have warned that the cost of Africa’s yearly food imports could increase from US$50bn to US$110bn by 2030 if immediate measures aren’t taken to increase food production

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spotlight

Wildlife and forestry sector in the spot…

On August 22, the 23rd session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission, hosted by the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo opened in Kinshasa, putting the future...

Boosting investment for Africa-made cotton

Boosting investment for Africa-made cott…

At a partner’s conference on cotton, jointly organised with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), donors were urged to mobilise resources for new partnerships.   

Nature-based solutions help farmers in Ghana

Nature-based solutions help farmers in G…

Organic pesticides, waste-based fertilisers and forest regeneration are just a few of the green initiatives being employed in Ghana to boost farming communities’ resilience to the impacts of climate...

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Saharan Africa

Boosting soil nutrient mapping in sub-Sa…

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is set to fast track an impact-oriented project in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America for digital soil nutrient mapping, after...

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double rice production to curb food insecurity

Gambia-Korea partnership seeks to double…

President Adama Barrow has received a delegation led by the Korean Ambassador to The Gambia, HE Kim Ji-Joon, at the State House in Banjul to announce the delivery of sample rice...

Prev Next

OTHER RELATED ARTICLES - Agriculture

ACTESA heads biotechnology and biosafety agenda

ACTESA heads biotechnology and biosafety…

The completion of the regional biosafety policies and guidelines has entered into the final stages with plans to develop a regional long-term programme in Africa

FAO issue banana disease warning

FAO issue banana disease warning

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning nations to step up monitoring, reporting and prevention of Fusarium wilt, the world’s most destructive banana disease that has in recent years...

Rwanda receives World Bank support

Rwanda receives World Bank support

The World Bank has approved an US$80mn International Development Association Credit for Rwanda to boost its food production

Niger government aims to boost country’s agricultural capabilities

Niger government aims to boost country’s…

The Nigerien government is urging the international community to invest millions of dollars in a programme that aims to increase food security and build the country’s agricultural capabilities

Higher yield and increased capacity with double rows

Higher yield and increased capacity with…

Pöttinger has launched its new Duplex Seed drill that plants seeds in double rows and is reported to lead to increase in yields

UNMISS embarks on resettling returnees in Rumbek North area

UNMISS embarks on resettling returnees i…

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has begun a campaign to resettle returnees who were displaced during last year’s intercommunal clashes living in the Rumbek North area

New technology extracts drinking water and crop fertiliser from air

New technology extracts drinking water a…

The Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is funding new research into harvesting water from air and technology that...

Afreximbank provides US$400m to drive agricultural productivity in the continent

Afreximbank provides US$400m to drive ag…

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has approved a US$400mn global credit facility agreement for the Export Trading Group (ETG), integrated agricultural conglomerates in Africa

Sierra Leone and IFAD to boost food security in rural areas

Sierra Leone and IFAD to boost food secu…

International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Republic of Sierra Leone have signed a financing agreement to develop a US$72.6mn Agricultural Value Chain Development Project (AVDP)

Fall armyworm threat looms large over South Africa

Fall armyworm threat looms large over So…

Although the fall armyworm attacks mostly maize plants, it may occasionally attack cotton, wheat, sorghum, soybeans, potatoes and groundnuts

FAO and AU join hands to ensure proper food supply during COVID-19

FAO and AU join hands to ensure proper f…

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the African Union (AU) and their partner have agreed to support the food and agriculture system to operate during periods...

Nigeria approves commercial release of genetically modified cowpea

Nigeria approves commercial release of g…

The Nigerian Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) has permitted the commercial release of genetically modified cowpea to the farmers

Prev Next